Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Tuesday inaugurated the state’s traffic radio station in a bid to rid the roads in the metropolis of gridlock.
Inaugurating the station, Mr. Fashola said the FM radio, the first in Nigeria, is part of government’s efforts at providing motorists information on traffic situation in the state.
The radio is expected to run 24 hours on frequency 96.1 FM, is located within the premises of Radio Lagos, Agidingbi, Ikeja.
“The radio will provide traffic news which will assist motorists to make the right decisions that will in turn help to decongest the roads.
“Before now, we were broadcasting traffic information through the existing radio and TV stations, but we realised that it would be better to set up a dedicated radio for better results.
“The new traffic radio will help reduce traffic on our roads,” Governor Fashola said.
Mr. Fashola said the state government is committed to an effective inter-modal transportation system in the state.
According to the governor, the government has already placed orders for about 60 ferries from Australia to boost water transport.
“In addition, work on the state’s light rail project is in progress and when completed, it will significantly ease the movement of residents and goods,” he said.
Mr. Fashola also said the government has acquired more buses to increase the fleet of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.